John "Jack" Staver checked in at the Greater Waterbury YMCA nearly every evening for more than 50 years carrying an old battered gym bag. He enjoyed tennis and ice skating in Watertown, the community where he lived for more than 70 years.
When he passed away in January 2018, Staver chose to give back to these places where he found connection.
He bequeathed more than $4 million to establish a permanent charitable fund at Connecticut Community Foundation to benefit Watertown Parks and Recreation, the YMCA, and
local arts programs
Staver's is the
largest gift by an individual in the Foundation's 96-year history.
Julie Loughran, president and CEO of the Foundation, said, “Mr. Staver embodied the best of philanthropy. He had deep gratitude for the local experiences that enriched his own life—exercising at the Y, visiting Watertown’s parks, taking in live local performances—and wanted them to be available for others to enjoy. Now they will be, for generations to come, thanks to his careful planning and generous spirit.”
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